Inspiring and Educating Healers
The Pacific Northwest Massage Academy mission is to educate, inspire and serve our community through the healing power of massage therapy and bodywork.
At PNWMA, we believe in going above and beyond expectations.
This reflects in our massage therapy training program which far exceeds accreditation requirements. Industry experts with experience in the local community serve as not only educators but as mentors during and after training to offer advice and assist with career development.
As a student of PNWMA, the above and beyond philosophy will be applied to your curriculum to bring out your healing capabilities. In the classroom and clinic hours, you'll be readied for the challenges and growth opportunities with real world clients.
Your education as a healer does not end after graduation. We offer continuing education consistently to help graduates and other healers in our community so that we may all continue to improve our skills. We aim to be a force for quality education.
The PNWMA Campus
Experience a functional and accessible learning environment with all the tools you need for your education.
Located in Velendo Vancouver Plaza by Vancouver Mall, our facility is easily accessible by car or C-Tran public transportation near the Vancouver Mall. Ample food options, financial institutions and gas stations are nearby. We are just off I-205.
PNWMA is fully ADA accessible. We are on the ground floor with well-lit and safe parking options.
Two classrooms provide space for learning and clinic hours, complete with massage tables with face cradles, privacy curtains, and Thai massage mats are available.
The student and faculty lounge is has a refrigerator, sink, microwave, storage for student items and lounge space to make your days at school comfortable and enjoyable.
Meet Our Staff
Instructor | Owner
A&P, kinesiology, deep tissue,
sports massage, clinic supervision
18+ years in the healing arts
Travis received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in K-12 education at Concordia College in Portland in 1995. In 2001, he received his LMP Licensure from Cedar Mtn. School of Massage (CMCM) and went into private practice focusing on a therapeutic style of massage therapy, integrating trigger point therapy and other deep tissue modalities to help clients and athletes recover from injuries and the aches and pains of everyday life.
Travis started teaching A&P at CMCM while still in school for his massage training. In 2006 he started teaching at Evergreen Center for the Healing Arts where he became the lead instructor of the program, teaching A&P, Kinesiology, Pathology, Deep tissue and Trigger point classes, and leading staff meetings and development. He was later named head of curriculum development from 2009-2011. Travis has since taught a number of different courses at Everest College 2012-13 and at Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage from 2017-2018.
Travis comes from a family of instructors and administrators and is one of the few licensed massage therapists to have a teaching degree in the state of Washington. This has allowed him to develop a college level curriculum for a trade school environment.
Travis actively practices massage therapy with a steady stream of dedicated clients..
Instructor | Owner | Admissions Director
A&P, intro to massage, pathology, business, clinic supervision
20+ years in the healing arts
Suzanne received her initial massage therapy training at the Honolulu School of Massage in 1999. After graduation she taught and ran the student clinic at Remington College as well as working with apprentice programs in Hawaii. When she moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2009, she attended the Evergreen Center for the Healing Arts to attain her Washington licensure. While maintaining a professional practice, Suzanne later became the massage therapy program chair at Everest College Vancouver campus, and in 2017 became an instructor and campus manager at Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage.
Suzanne has spent most of her massage career developing and revising curriculum to ensure her students’ success on state and national tests. Since becoming licensed Suzanne has immersed herself in all things massage. She stays up to date on the issues that affect professional massage therapists and has been involved in massage-related political issues. She has worked with a diverse group of clients, addressing different types of massage treatments as well as many physiological and anatomical disorders and conditions.
Suzanne believes in the mind/body connection which she brings to all of her treatments and instruction. She uses many techniques such as Deep tissue, pre- and post-natal work, and sports massage techniques, and integrates them into different styles and techniques to make each client’s massage a unique experience.
Like Travis, Suzanne has her own business and continually practices massage at the academy.
Eastern theory, Thai massage
19+ years in the healing arts
Gail is a 1993 graduate of Colorado State University with a BA in Social Sciences with an emphasis on education. She began her massage career in 2000 and has furthered her studies with a shiatsu apprentice, acquired her Reiki level 1 attunement, and studied yoga and meditation techniques while living in Japan. Gail has since completed advanced training in acupressure, Thai massage, yoga, and aromatherapy techniques. Gail utilizes her experiences to provide skilled, integrative techniques to provide professional, therapeutic care in her massage sessions.
Gail also very active and practices massage therapy to her dedicated clientele.
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"As a former student of both Suzanne and Travis, I can attest to the dedication and passion they put into their work. Whenever a student would struggle grasping a concept or fall behind in class, Travis would use different methods to connect with the student and help them understand. Suzanne uses stories from her 20 years of experience to give us an inside look at how massage has changed and what we may encounter in the field. "
Licensed Massage Therapist